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I'm looking for a 2TB drive I'm sitting with 30GB free on my 1TB. This drive is for storage (CD images, music, programs, documents, basically anything i cant afford to loose. I'm looking at the 2TB drives and i see 16, 32, & 64MB caching options. Will i notice a difference with the higher caching vs. lower. Most of the time it gets light use listening to music while playing games, or running Vmachines.
 
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No.

If price/features are the same, choose the higher cache. Otherwise it won't make a difference.
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Would there be much of a difference when it comes time for me to reinstall all my app on my OS drives?
 
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so what is the point of the added cache?
 
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post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Tempest_Inc View Post
so what is the point of the added cache?
Honestly, 64mb cache is mostly hype, and you won't actually notice a difference.
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so what is the point of the added cache?
To convince people that the hard drive is superior. As long as a modern HD has at least 8MB of cache, it shouldn't make any difference.
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its like you comparing a WD black with 32mb cache and WD green with 64mb cache, the black version is still faster then the green.
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Supposedly on the bigger drives the larger cache does help. Here's a review of the WD RE4-GP 2TB compared to the Caviar GP 2TB. Both drives are 5400rpm and both are 4 platters, but the RE4-GP is faster, partly due to the larger cache.

http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid...e=expert&pid=3
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post #10 of 15
if cache made such a difference, Spinpoint F3s wouldn't be any good >.>
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